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Venezuela ANC Chief Delcy Rodriguez: Peru's Kuczynski 'Will Go to History's Dustbin'

  • Pedro Pablo Kuczynski

    Pedro Pablo Kuczynski | Photo: Reuters

Published 22 March 2018

The U.S.-aligned former Peruvian President Kuczynski resigned Wednesday over multiple corruption allegations.

Political leaders in Venezuela rejoiced over the resignation of former Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, one of Latin America's most fierce critics of the Venezuelan government, and predicted he will “end up in history's dustbin.”


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The president of Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly (ANC) Delcy Rodriguez said that Latin America is starting its moral renewal after Kuczynski's resignation.

“Latin America's moral renewal starts with the resignation of the loyal yankee agent and submissive ally of @realDonaldTrump self-proclaimed lapdog of the empire! This terrible character who bragged about his U.S. passport will end up in history's dustbin! Long live Peru!” Rodriguez wrote on her Twitter account.

Diosdado Cabello, first Vice President of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), celebrated Kuczynski's resignation with fireworks and demanded his arrest. He also joked about “Mr. PPK” being the one who is not going to the Summit of the Americas, after the former Peruvian president had uninvited Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

"These fireworks are because someone is going! Goodbye PPK, farewell PPK!" Cabello said to a cheering crowd.

Kuczynski, who was a Wall Street banker and made the acronym of his party match his own initials, resigned as he was accumulating multiple accusations of corruption.

Peru's congress had already tried to oust him back in December after accusations had surfaced linking the former right-wing president to a corruption scandal related to Odebrecht firm, the Brazilian construction company that has admitted bribing senior officials all over Latin America in exchange of tempting contracts.

It is now accepted that Kuczynski had reached a shady deal with a dissident faction of the Fuerza Popular (Popular Force) opposition party, led by siblings Keiko and Kenji Fujimori in order to avoid impeachment. 

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Kuczynski reportedly agreed to pardon former Peruvian dictator Alberto Fujimori, accused of human rights violations, in exchange of Kenji's faction abstaining from voting at a congress session that would've impeached him.

Alberto reunited with Keiko and Kenji, his daughter and son, but the move to save their father only worsened the dispute between the siblings.

Two days before the new voting session that would decide Kuczynski's fate, Keiko Fujimori released videos showing her brother Kenji negotiating with a Popular Force representative on behalf of Kuczynski in exchange of public works in their districts.

The scandal was the straw that broke the camel's back, and Kuczynski decided to resign instead of facing an almost certain impeachment.

But Kuczynski didn't want to accept his responsibility, saying that he was resigning because of the general “ungovernability” atmosphere which didn't allow him to continue.

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